As a Grammarian (or Language Evaluator), you are the guardian of proper English. Effective communication is heavily depended on choosing the right word or phrase to deliver speaker’s thoughts, you are their ears for that. You listen and provide feedback to all speakers and encourage them to use the World of the Day to enrich their choice of vocabulary. Here is how you prepare your role as a Grammarian.
- Word of the Day – A word you prepare ahead of the meeting.
- NoteBook and Pen to jot down any good use of words and sentences or anything that needed to be improved.
Here are some of the websites for you to find Word of the Day:
(seems like the name should be Word of the Week, instead of Word of the Day as we used to)
The Toastmasters of the Evening (TME) will introduce all facilitators and when you are called, you approach the stage and shake hand to take over the stage. You will need to introduce your role and the Word of the Day. Your script could look like this:
“Thank you Madam/Mr Toastmasters of the Evening. Fellow Toastmasters, Friends and Guest. My role as a Grammarian is to pay attention to the good use of English and provide suggestions for improvements. At the end of the meeting, I will present my report to you.
Before that, I would like to introduce the Word of the Day. The Word of the Day is to help fellow members to enrich your vocabulary in preparing your next speech and beyond. For this meeting, the Word of the Day is surreal, meaning something very strange or unusual: having the quality of a dream. For example: I still feel very surreal in completing all 10 Competent Communicator speeches within one year!
You are encouraged to use the Word of the Day as frequent as you could in this meeting and I will count how frequent this word was used. I will provide my report at the end of the meeting.
Back to you Madam/Master Toastmasters of the Evening”
You will need to jot down any good use of English. For example, when a speaker says something that is able to capture your imagination with good use of metaphors, nicely structured sentences or words that are perfectly chosen, you can jot those down and provide your report later on. Using the 2014 Champion Speech by Dananjaya Hettiarachchi, here are some of the examples:
Good Use of Metaphors:
“You and I are not very different from this flower, just like this flower is unique, you are unique.”
Nicely structured sentences:
“So my dad introduce me to this strange club that had a strange name with strange people, talking.”
Good Use of Words:
“…while I was speaking I see a strange man seating in the back room, humble, simple, the unfailing quality of kindness in his eyes”
You may also jot down any wrong pronunciation of words, badly structured sentences and confusing metaphors that you could provide ways to improve when you are back on stage.
Meanwhile, don’t forget to count Word of the Day used by each member for your report.
At the end of the meeting, the Toastmasters of the Evening will introduce you back on stage to give a report about your observation on the speakers’ use of English.
You can report by saying:
“Dear Fellow Toastmasters, Friends and Guest, it was a pleasure listening to your speeches and I do find a few good use of English that I would like to share…(good use of English). Meanwhile, I would like to point out some of the words and sentences that can be improved…(bad use of English).”
As a norm, we only report the words and sentences without mentioning the speaker’s name. This of course, can be different between clubs and you can check with other Grammarians or the Vice President of Education (VPE) for more details.
Meanwhile, don’t forget to mention Word of the Day:
“I am happy to see that fellow members are eager to use the World of the Day, we have (name), (name) and (name) used the word (Word of the Day), great job!
Back to you, Madam/Master Toastmasters of the Evening!”